Fox News host Mike Huckabee condemned Islam after alleged Muslim violence following the holy month of Ramadan.
The 57-year-old former Arkansas governor suggested that Islamic teachings were to blame for the recent unrest. The State Department announced Sunday that embassies in 19 countries would remain closed due to an unspecified threat by Al-Qaeda.
“I know we’re not supposed to say anything unkind about Islam. It’s politically incorrect. I get that,” Huckabee said on his radio show. “But can someone explain to me why it is that we tiptoe around a religion that promotes the most murderous mayhem on the planet in their so-called ‘holiest days’?”
Huckabee went on to say that the most likely time for an uprising or rioting was on Friday, the day of prayer.
“So the Muslims will go to the mosque, and they will have their day of prayer, and they come out of there like uncorked animals — throwing rocks and burning cars,” he said.
Huckabee explained that he wasn’t calling all Muslims radicals or violent. He compared Muslim behavior after Ramadan to Christian behavior after Christmas. He said the worst thing Christians do after coming out of Christmas services is “commit the sin of gluttony” when they eat Christmas dinner.
“That’s just not what we do. It never occurs to us that on the days in which we are supposed to be humbled by the presence of God that somehow we would rise up and kill innocent people including children,” he said. “It just doesn’t seem to fit. And I know I’m likely to just get hammered for what I’ve just said. So be it. I bring it up because it just doesn’t make sense to me.”
Qasim Rashid, spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, wrote in a column for The Daily Caller that Huckabee was wrong about Islam. He said Huckabee’s claim that Islam promotes mayhem on holidays was a “bold-faced fabrication,” and said a journalist would quote a Qur’anic verse to support the claim.
“On the contrary, the Qur’an admonishes Muslims, ‘O ye who believe! when the call is made for Prayer on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off all business. That is better for you, if you only knew’ (62:10), Rashid said. “The Qur’an specifically commands Muslims to forget all worldly matters and focus solely on prayer — and certainly not violence — on its holy days.”
Rashid also called out Huckabee for “dehumanizing” Muslims by comparing them to animals. He explained that the Quran tells Muslims to “seek God’s grace when they leave the mosque.” Rashid then went on to point out that in the United States, where more than 70 percent of the population identifies as Christian, violent crimes occur every 26.2 seconds, and rapes occur every six minutes.
“According to Mike Huckabee’s standard, we must blame Christianity for the rape, murder, violence, theft, and high prison population in America because America is a Christian majority nation,” he said. According to Huckabee, all non-Christians should be ‘offended’ — as he puts it in regards to Islam’s holy days — by Christmas and the higher death rates it somehow causes.”
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